Bride's heartbreak after ring is stolen on wedding day

Bride's heartbreak after ring is stolen on wedding day

Bride's heartbreak after ring is stolen on wedding day

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A bride has been left "heartbroken" after her hand-made engagement ring was stolen by a cold-hearted thief on her wedding day.

The £6,000 sapphire and diamond-encrusted platinum ring was in a black handbag when it was stolen from a village church as Caroline Marshall and James Granshaw said their vows.

Distraught family members said the bride was left in floods of tears when she realised her beloved ring was missing following the service on Saturday afternoon.

An appeal has now been launched to track down the "priceless" ring which was “lovingly hand-designed” by her husband after he spent months painstakingly researching ethical jewellers that did not use blood diamonds.

The wedding was held at the parish church of St Peter ad Vincula in Wisborough Green near Petworth last Saturday.

But moments before the ceremony was due to start, the 32-year-old bride realised she still had her engagement ring on so she slipped it off her finger and gave it to her bridesmaid who put it in her black LK Bennett handbag for safekeeping.

After the service, they realised the handbag, which also had an iPhone in it, realised the ring was missing and called the police.

The couple were able to track the phone for a couple of hours in the direction of Haywards Heath before the signal went dead.

James' father Mervyn said: "It is just appalling to do this to a bride on her wedding day.

"This was not a drive-by or a walk-by theft, someone has walked up to the church and targeted it. I just despair.

“To steal a bride's engagement ring from a church - how low can you go?

"We are trying to reassure them, but Caroline has been in floods of tears on her honeymoon because she is so upset."

The newly-weds have now jetted off for a two week honeymoon in Italy but their family say the theft "blighted" what should have been the happiest day of their lives.

A Facebook page called 'Help us find the ring' has been set up to help the search and has received more than 400 likes, while friends and family are also using the twitter hashtag carolinesring to promote the appeal.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mervyn Granshaw on mervyng@mac.com.

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11:11am Wed 11 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

I hope the ring is found as it has such sentimental value.

It is a bit sad to read that the bride was in tears on honeymoon over this theft. She needs to stop valuing material goods so highly and realise what is really important in life, such as life itself - which can end in a moment and you don't take your goods with you afterwards!
I hope the ring is found as it has such sentimental value. It is a bit sad to read that the bride was in tears on honeymoon over this theft. She needs to stop valuing material goods so highly and realise what is really important in life, such as life itself - which can end in a moment and you don't take your goods with you afterwards! getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -11

4:58pm Wed 11 Jun 14

spa301 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I hope the ring is found as it has such sentimental value.

It is a bit sad to read that the bride was in tears on honeymoon over this theft. She needs to stop valuing material goods so highly and realise what is really important in life, such as life itself - which can end in a moment and you don't take your goods with you afterwards!
Bit harsh.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I hope the ring is found as it has such sentimental value. It is a bit sad to read that the bride was in tears on honeymoon over this theft. She needs to stop valuing material goods so highly and realise what is really important in life, such as life itself - which can end in a moment and you don't take your goods with you afterwards![/p][/quote]Bit harsh. spa301
  • Score: 6

5:03pm Wed 11 Jun 14

chuckupem says...

Did the bridesmaid come from Haywards Heath?
Did the bridesmaid come from Haywards Heath? chuckupem
  • Score: -3

8:38pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
I hope the ring is found as it has such sentimental value.

It is a bit sad to read that the bride was in tears on honeymoon over this theft. She needs to stop valuing material goods so highly and realise what is really important in life, such as life itself - which can end in a moment and you don't take your goods with you afterwards!
So you accept that the ring has sentimental value, but you're angry that sentiment gets applied to inanimate objects.



Jeez.......
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: I hope the ring is found as it has such sentimental value. It is a bit sad to read that the bride was in tears on honeymoon over this theft. She needs to stop valuing material goods so highly and realise what is really important in life, such as life itself - which can end in a moment and you don't take your goods with you afterwards![/p][/quote]So you accept that the ring has sentimental value, but you're angry that sentiment gets applied to inanimate objects. Jeez....... Gary1965
  • Score: 0

9:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

JoeBlow says...

For any future brides reading this, if you forget to remove your engagement ring, simply slip it on to a finger on your right hand, it is much safer, especially if it is worth £6000.
For any future brides reading this, if you forget to remove your engagement ring, simply slip it on to a finger on your right hand, it is much safer, especially if it is worth £6000. JoeBlow
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Man of steel says...

A friend of mine broke off his engagement some years ago, when he found his bride to be reading, and getting advice from women's magazines, the final straw was when she demanded that in order to prove he loved her, the engagement ring had to cost at least two months of his salary.
The girl he is with now thought that it was all nonsense, and they used the money to set up home together, still happily married with two lovely children.
A friend of mine broke off his engagement some years ago, when he found his bride to be reading, and getting advice from women's magazines, the final straw was when she demanded that in order to prove he loved her, the engagement ring had to cost at least two months of his salary. The girl he is with now thought that it was all nonsense, and they used the money to set up home together, still happily married with two lovely children. Man of steel
  • Score: 5

1:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Fairfax Aches says...

I hope it was ensured, although if you can afford to spend 6 grand on a ring you can afford to get a new one.
I hope it was ensured, although if you can afford to spend 6 grand on a ring you can afford to get a new one. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -2

2:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
I hope it was ensured, although if you can afford to spend 6 grand on a ring you can afford to get a new one.
Unless it was your final £6,000.....
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: I hope it was ensured, although if you can afford to spend 6 grand on a ring you can afford to get a new one.[/p][/quote]Unless it was your final £6,000..... Gary1965
  • Score: 3

11:07am Sat 14 Jun 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Six thousand for a ring? More money than sense.
Six thousand for a ring? More money than sense. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 1

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